The research engineer Felipe Lucero presented a validation of the numerical model Wave Watch III. This model would enable to predict windows to perform maintenance of marine energy devices.

With the motto “Ports for the future”, during November 7, 8 and 9, the 8th International Seminar on Port Engineering and Operation (SIOP 2018) took place in Talcahuano. This event was attended by the research engineer Felipe Lucero, who works in the “Resource assessment and Site Characterization” project at the Marine Research and Innovation Center (MERIC). The meeting, organized by the Chilean Society of Hydraulic Engineering (SOCHID by its Spanish acronym), gathered experts both from the private and public sectors. These professionals discussed their viewpoints and the challenges that the port activity will face in the future, considering its actual state.

In this occasion, Felipe Lucero gave a presentation entitled “Is it possible to do an operational wave forecast from the global scale?”. During his exposition he showed a validation of the numerical model Wave Watch III (WW3), based on field measurements obtained in Las Cruces during March. “The objective of using this model, in its latest non-structured version, is to do wave modelling with a higher resolution near the coast. This new feature of WW3 is in a validation stage and we expect to contribute from Chile to its development”, said Felipe Lucero.

This tool, presented in SIOP 2018, would allow to reduce calculation time while also making the modeling process less complex. It is possible to do a faster processing of the data by using a single model to reach the coastal scale. Regarding this Felipe Lucero adds: “Our idea is to have enough data to evaluate the model performance by using the field measurements from the campaign in Las Cruces, which would enable us to publish an article that will show in depth the results from this presentation”.

SIOP 2018 had several activities such as presentations on subjects like Port Logistics, Port Engineering, Port Development and Port Planning. To support the given conferences, the organizing committee offered diverse workshops and technical visits to the Talcahuano and San Vicente ports.